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Gary Shamis

Gary Shamis assumed responsibility for his father’s accounting firm in 1981. Over the thirty-five years that followed, he took revenues from $225,000 to approaching $100 million and employees from a dozen to 600.

He built the 37th largest independent accounting and consulting firm in the nation, before combining SS&G, Inc. with BDO USA, LLP in 2014.

Today, as principal of Winding River Consulting, a business advisory services company, Gary is a highly sought after speaker, facilitator, and consultant.

In its inaugural list of Managing Partner Elite in Accounting in 2012, Accounting Today identified Shamis as one of only ten people recognized for qualities required of a person in a firm’s leadership role.

He is the “very model of the modern managing partner, and this list is more or less unimaginable without him,” it stated, adding “he invented, codified, or popularized most of the strategies and best practices that are now taken for granted.”


Sandy Manson

Sandy Manson trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Edinburgh in 1985 and  in 1991 he returned to his native Aberdeenshire and joined Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants as an Associate. He was promoted to Partner in 1993 and became the Managing Partner of their Aberdeen office. In 2007, Sandy was appointed as Chief Executive of Johnston Carmichael when the firm’s fee income was £19m.

Today, Johnston Carmichael’s revenues approach £50m and the firm employs 850 people across 13 locations making it the largest independent accounting firm in Scotland. After 12 years in the role, Sandy stepped down as Chief Executive of Johnston Carmichael on 1 August 2019 and became Chair and Head of Client Service of the Firm.

Bruce Hennes

Bruce Hennes

As one of the nation’s foremost experts on crisis communications, Bruce Hennes knows what it is like to be on the front line when a company’s reputation is on the line.

He is the principal of Hennes Communications, crisis communications, media training, litigation communications, and media relations consulting firm.

He counts Fortune 500 companies among the clients that he successfully advises when they are “on trial” in the Court of Public Opinion.

Ilana Katz

Ilana Isakov Katz

With extensive experience in marketing, branding, advertising, public, media, and community relations, crisis communications, and corporate reputation management, Ilana Isakov Katz spent more than a decade working with Gary Shamis as director of marketing for SS&G.

Drawing on her past experience with Fortune 500 companies, she designs and implements performance-driven and results-oriented plans and programs to support dynamic objectives.

Evan Ishida

Evan Ishida

Evan Ishida improves the performance of people in the workplace.

He designs and facilitates collaborative, creative, and innovative environments for organizations creating cultures where employees learn and thrive.

He works with Fortune 100 companies, nonprofits, and for-profit start ups on issues including diversity and inclusion, managing generations in the workplace, and organizational development.

Matt Terlop

Matt Terlop

As a former law enforcement officer and border patrol agent, Matt Terlop knows the importance of discipline and the value of a healthy, active lifestyle.

As a coach to many in the C-Suite, Matt helps executives attain physical fitness, mental agility, and emotional balance, combating daily stress to achieve peak performance in their personal and professional lives.

Jen Margolis

Jen Margolis

Jennifer Margolis helps people find and use their strengths to move toward their highest potential and biggest vision. Her evolution into management consulting – focusing on strategic planning, leadership development, community and education based program development and executive coaching – developed from her worldwide perspective as a community organizer.

She utilizes her Masters in Positive Organizational Design and Certificate in Positive Psychology to create and facilitate programs for international professionals and is a leader in designing happiness experiences for companies helping people love their work.

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